Katie Friday will be stationed with the USDA Forest Service in Amherst while on a six-month detail from the USDA Forest Service Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry in Hilo, Hawaii. Ms. Friday is the Pacific Islands Cooperative Forester with Region 5 State and Private Forestry and manages educational and cooperative programs in Hawaii and the American-affiliated Pacific. Her current programs include:
- the State-Wide Assessments and Resource Strategies for Hawaii, the Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
- a professional internship program allowing in-service training for staff of island forestry agencies at island Universities
- writing and editing criteria and indicator briefs for a Pacific Island report to supplement the national Forest Sustainability 2010 report.
Ms. Friday’s projects have included training for forestry staff in the Pacific on agroforestry, management of mangrove forests, invasive species management, and ecosystem restoration. While in New England, Ms. Friday looks forward to learning more about operational and funding models in the Northeast that could be applied in the Pacific.
USDA Forest Service Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry